Conte: Fourth place is like Tottenham crowned the league title
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte says finishing Premier League football in the Golden Square is like his club winning the title this season. Conte's side beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 on Saturday with a Harry Kane double and a goal by Son Heung-min to recover from their Champions League exit at the hands of AC Milan last week and ease the pressure on the Italian coach.
It was Tottenham's first win in four games in ten tough days that also saw them also knock out of the FA Cup and lose to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league. Conte told reporters: "For us to finish the season inside the Golden Square is like winning the league, this happened last season, and I'm talking about achieving a miracle." "This season is more difficult, there is more competition now and only one position is available."
Tottenham have 48 points from 27 games, six ahead of chasing Liverpool, who suffered a shock defeat from Bournemouth 1-<>, but have a game left postponed, and seven points behind sixth-placed Newcastle United, who face Wolverhampton Wanderers today.
Although Chelsea are currently in tenth place after a 3-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday, Conte insisted Graham Potter's side could not be ruled out of the fight for the last Champions League qualifying spot. "Liverpool are rivals in the race, Newcastle are different from the past, they have invested a lot of money and they have a strong squad.
"I don't consider Chelsea far away because they can win 11 or 12 games in a row because their squad is really strong." "A strong team looks at itself and we must focus on our path and do our best until the end of the season and then we will see what position can be achieved."